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Caterpillar D9T Track-type Tractor

Maker:  Diecast Masters
Model No:  85944
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  February 2017


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10) 9
Detail   (max 30) 26
Features   (max 20) 16
Quality   (max 25) 19
Price   (max 15) 10
Overall   (max 100) 79%

Footnotes


Caterpillar D9T Track-type Tractor Video  [Youku video]
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Caterpillar branded tin.
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Heavy looking model.
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Nice metal tracks.
 
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Plenty of hydraulics but the connection points are ugly.
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Top edge grille is solid.
Nice radiator.
Pushing.
Looks good on site.


The Caterpillar D9T weighs around 48 tonnes.  It is used for large earthmoving operations.

Packaging

The model comes in exemplary packaging.  There is an outer shipping carton which contains a tin which is protected by a nylon bag.  The tin is high quality and includes pictures and details about the real machine.

The review model had no missing parts or defects.

There is no information for the model, but a mini catalogue of the Diecast Masters range is included.

Detail

The underside has some good detailing within the casting and there are transverse beams connecting the track frames.  The metal tracks are nicely detailed with bolt heats.  The track frames have the rollers modelled within the casting and they are non-functional.  The high drive sprocket is plastic with a good colour match.

The cab structure is metal and there are wipers on the windows.  The hand rails are metal and thin.  Grab rails are a mix of metal and plastic/    Inside the cab there is the usual operator for Diecast Masters. The lights are nicely modelled.  The graphics are very sharp.

Behind the cab there are work lights and red painted stop lights.  The single-shank ripper assembly is metal and the tooth is sharp.  The rams are plastic but they are detailed and have a good colour match. There are plenty of hydraulic lines although the connection points are a little crude. 

At the front the engine cover has grille details formed by graphics and the exhaust and air intake are plastic.  The front grille is plastic and it looks good.

The metal dozing blade has wear plates detailed at the bottom although there are no perforations in the grille on the top edge.   There are hydraulic line running to all cylinders.

Features

The tracks roll very easily in the hand and are spring-loaded. 

The ripper assembly has a reasonable amount of movement.  It can be parked high or positioned with the ripper down, although the depth of penetration is shallow.

The blade can be raised and lowered and the mechanism is reasonably stiff.  The tilting function is modelled well.

Quality

It is a good quality model with a high metal content.

The paint is good and the graphics are sharp.

Price

It is good value.

Overall

As usual the packaging is top quality.  The model is nicely detailed with very good functionality.

Footnotes

The model first appeared in 2016.

 
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Blade up.
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Decent detail undermeath.
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Operator in the cab.
 
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Blade height is very good.
Profile view.
Heavy ripper.
Heavy tractor.